Cold Air Return Grates

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Project by John_G posted 277 days ago 1648 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my Greene and Greene inspired cold air return covers. Made from oak with some Ebony plugs. I cut them by hand with a chisel and then made the plugs. They came out a bit bigger than what i wanted but that’s why i made the plugs last. I left the metal grills on and just put these over them using rare eath magnets. They look great and people constatnly comment about them. Fun build

-- John Gray

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#1 posted 277 days ago


These look great, but I would be a concerned over airflow. they appear to be block at least 80% of the air that should be passing into your return….....

Just a thought.

They DO look really nice!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#2 posted 277 days ago

i guess compared to the existing metal ones they do block some of the return air. Not sure how i would know if that was affecting anything heating/cooling wise. They’ve been in place for about a year now and everything seems to work great. Probablty sdoesn’t have an affect since there are many other returns in the house and only these two have covers (there in the living room).

-- John Gray

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#3 posted 276 days ago

Those are beautiful. They make for a very classic look in the room. Nice work.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#4 posted 276 days ago

Really nice work. Unfortunately, now you have to redo all the molding to match. ;)

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#5 posted 276 days ago

Very cool. Great idea with the magnets.

-- Craig Bullard

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#6 posted 276 days ago

Great job and really like the magnets

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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